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turn overseas, now, and to afghanistan where there were bold words delivered by president obama's new defense secretary, leon panetta. on his first trip to afghan stay, about al qaeda, he said, i think we have them on the run. and that victory is, quote, within reach. abc's david kerley is in washington. >> reporter: having succeeded after nine, long years in the hunt for osama bin laden, the new defense secretary boldly says the u.s. is on the verge of defeating al qaeda. >> i think we have them on the run. >> reporter: but speaking to reporters on his way to afghanistan, panetta said timing is critical. >> i think now is the moment to put maximum pressure on them because i do believe that if we continue this effort, that we can really cripple al qaeda, as a threat to this country. >> reporter: here's why. with the killing of bin laden, u.s. forces recovered a treasure trove of intelligence. panetta revealed t tay they have been able to identify 10 to 20 al qaeda leaders who are based in 4 countries. >> if we can go after them, i think we really can strategically defeat al qaeda. >>
. >>> we turn next overseas now and to afghanistan, whereree are getting our first look tonight at grizzly new images from inside that luxury hotel in kabul, swarmed by suicide bombers who went on that deadly attack. in an abc news exclusive, nick schifrin tonight takes us inside. >> reporter: abc news filmed the first images from inside the intercontinental. the attackers blew themselves up in bedrooms, in stairwrwls, in the hallway. the top floor, completely destroyed by fire. on the roof, a massive firefight. the attackers brought bags full of red bull and water so they could fight for hours. for the first time, a senior afghan police official admitted to abc news that his men wouldn't have retaken the hotel without the help of these nato special forces. later this month, afghan forces are supposed to take responsibility for security in parts of the country. but their response to this attack raises questions about whether they're ready. nick schifrin, abc news, kabul. >> nick, our thanks to you. >>> and it's those images that have authorities here at home on high alert this fourth. comb
the true meaning of independence day. ♪ the soldiers in the southeastern corner of afghanistan took part in a flag-raising ceremony, complete with a military band. they were sent to afghanistan as part of president obama's troop surge. they're due to return home next month. >>> the sacrifice so many have made in the fight for freedom a stark indication this morning that more americans are unaware of the very origins of this holiday. listen to this. a new poll finds that 42% of americans don't know the u.s. declared independence, 1776, folks, and 24% don't know that we declared independence from the british. >> come on. >> most of them said they could not remember which country. >> i categorically cannot accept that. >> there you go. >> unbelievable. >> i would be curious to see what country they would pick. >> everything but britain. >> unbelievable.. >>> unbelievable. although this is of course, independence day, fourth of july. we're desperate for one day of great weather. we turn to you, stephanie roberts, from our great tampa station, wfds, in today for sam. for the very latest. step
in afghanistan. all of this, one more sign of the growing tensions between the u.s. a a pakistan. >>> as all of this debate over spending plays out in washington, in towns across this country, millions of americans just want to find a job. tonight, another stunning number behind the new and rising unemployment figures. it now takes an average of ten months to find a job, the longest ever. millions of americans now have only food stamps to get by, and those benefits kick in once a month at midnight. and it's created a new shopper in this country. the families heading out in darkness to get their food. here's abc's steve osunsami. >> looks like it's ready. >> reporter: we spent more than a month following leslie benson and her family. she was laid off from her job as a corporate health care administrator two years ago. her unemployment has run out. and the state gives her just $97 in food stamps each month to feed her family of three. >> we live for t tt last day of the month so we can restock and replenish. >> reporter: we gave them a camera to show us how in the world they make their food la
or wife still serving overseas. tonight here abc news's mike boettcher in eastern afghanistan with some troops marking their last holiday away before coming home, and they have very simple wishes about who and what it is they want to see first when they get here. mike? >> reporter: david, it's another windy, dusty day at forward operating base shahana where soldiers from the 101st airborne have spent the past year, they missed labor day, thanksgiving, christmas, easter and memorial day. and now, there is one last holiday to get through before they go home, the fourth of july. >> blackjack where you at? >> reporter: this unit has a rich history, 101st airborne named a band of brothers during world war ii. today they took a break, knowing that home is coming soon. they can picture it. what do you miss most about home on fourth of july? >> believe it or not, my grill. >> good barbecue. >> good barbecue. >> sierra madre has a fourth of july parade every year and it's cool. everybody in the town comes out. a lot of fun. so, that's what i miss this year. >> miss the lake, definitely. green gr
.s. withdrawals from iraq and afghanistan. >> the secretary of defense i will work to ensure our nation continues to have the best trained, best he quipped in the world. >> later today the 73-year-old is set to fly home to the family farm. >> still ahead this afternoon another company about to go public. how much zinga expects to raise coming up. >> also a nervous-sounding prince william speaks in canada. we're getting more details about the visit to california. >> traffic moving well on 680 right now. nothing like gridlock we saw on interstate 80. stay with us. we'll be right back. >>> another bay area internet company is going public, hoping to raise up to $1 billion. the san francisco company is behind popular games like farmville. the announcement follows recent ipos and both based in the bay area. >> wall street ended the week with the market's biggest weekly gain in two years. >> there are plenty of fire works this week. major averages ending for a fifth day in a row, our biggest gain in two years, hows of homeowners getting a break. almost 5,000 homeowners had their principal reduced, part
soldier has been killed in afghanistan. a sergeant of san jose died tuesday when his unit was hit by a rocket-propelled grenade. he received numerous medals during his career. >> betty ford was remembered as woman that spoke her mind. many americans admired betty ford for her candor in the white house including support of abortion rights and equal rights amendment in a republican white house. she suffered from breast cancer and arthritis along with addictions. she is also being remembered by thousands of recovering addicts that credit betty ford center with saving their lives. >>> space shuttle atlantis has begun preparations to dock with the international space station after blasting off yesterday for the final space shuttle mission. >> two, one, zero and liftoff. >> a million people watched in person as they lifted off in kennedy space center. it will bring a year's worth of supplies including food to the international space station tomorrow. current and former employees at ames research center celebrated the moment. >>> so within 24 hours we brought a sample of the tile here fr
. in san francisco, abc7 news. >>> a bay area soldier has been killed in afghanistan. the sergeant of san jose died tuesday in nost when his unit was hit by a rocket-propelled grenade. he leaves behind a wife and two children from a previous marriage. he received numb russ medals during his career. he was 36 years of age. >>> former first lady betty ford is being remembered as a woman who spoke her mind no matter how unpopular some of her comments were. she died yesterday after the death of her husband, gerald ford. many admire her for her candor in the white house, including her support for abortion white -- rights and equal rights amends in a republican white house. she suffered from breast cancer and arthritis, along with addiction to prescription drugs and alcohol. she's also remembered by thousands of recovering addicts who credit the betty ford center for saving their lives. betty ford was 93. she will be buried beside gerald ford in michigan. >>> the shuttle atlantis will dock with the international spaces
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